Still no complaints… It’s a blessing in disguise many a times. Any time, I can just get into any of my neighbours places for any kinda favours and it’ll sure to be done. And risk factor is so very low as neighbours are really caring enough!!! I just had to put up with that day!!!!!
Early morning I went to the bus stand and welcomed him. After a simple breakfast in a local hotel, I took him to
Then I took him for lunch to once of the biggest restaurant in Karur. It was a sumptuous 3 course meal. It was delicious, I must say!!! I thought, like in the coffee shops, I could spend atleast an hour home in that restaurant even after completing food. But my guess was rather wrong. After some 10 mins after the food, I was requested politely by the waiter that they had to clean up the restaurant. Well, that was a polite way to say, ‘Get out!!!’. It was around 3 or so. I had a few more hours to pull. I thought of getting back to the
The God here is Swayambu, which means the God’s structure here formed by itself, or by nature. Well, there has been serious doubts about the residing deity here. I’ll say about it in detail soon.
Where we alighted was the base of the hillock. A flight of steps, I guess would be around 70 took me to the entrance of the temple. There was the main deity in the Sanctum Sanctorum. This deity here is considered as Lord Shiva due to the presence of Boodha Ganam’s along the ceiling entrance. This styling of Bhoodha Ganam is seen only in Shiva Temples. But Sadashiva Brahmendral of Nerur considered the Lord here as Lord Muruga (aka Karthikeya – Lord Shiva’son) and performed prayers here. Some say its a Jain temple. However the Lord here is accepted in general by the people as Kalyana Venkatramana Swamy Thirukkoil, a incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Well, this place is again a wedding specialty temple like Thiruvidanthai. No, again ‘No’. I am not in any plans to get married soon.
The lore and legend of the place goes such that, a child less person called Somasharma, was guided here by his instincts, where the local people (of Thanthondrimalai - Locally called Thanthonimalai) asked to the help in the construction of a temple for Lord Vishnu. Somasharma helped the locals to build the Kalyana Venkatramana Swamy Koil. As soon as the temple was completed he brought his wife and both were blessed by Kalyana Venkatramanar with a baby. From that day on this temple is also called Then Thirupathi, which means Thirupathi of the south (For those who don’t know Thirupathi, it’s a temple located at the southern border of Andhra Pradesh in India with the presiding deity Venkatachalapathy and Padmavathi Thaayar. This temple is the 2nd world’s richest devotional place, next only to
On the left is the shrine of Garuldazhwar, Vishnu’s Vahana and to the right is a huge mandapam which is used for the Radha Kalyanam, Sita Kalyanam (These are the marriages held between the God and Goddess. Regular readers may remember the Radha Kalyanam I attended in Manathattai Agraharam) and also regular marriages of common people who prefer to get married in this temple taking the blessings of Kalyana Venkatramana Swamy.
After offering prayers, we came to the base of the hillock and sat there and chatted for a few more hours, until some 5 or so. Then we caught a bus back to Karur and after an evening juice at a local hotel (I must say, that grape juice tasted like wine!!!), I waved him ‘Bye’ as he boarded a bus to his place.
To Reach There:
From Karur: 4 km
Regular Bus Services available.
Dedicated to Rathish